David Jones was appointed Secretary of State for Wales on 04 September 2012 having served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales since May 2010. He was born in London to Welsh parents and has lived in North Wales since childhood. He was educated at Ruabon Grammar School, then studied law at University College, London before returning to North Wales to set up a legal practice. David was elected as Member of Parliament for Clwyd West in May 2005. Before becoming an MP, David was senior partner in his own legal practice based in Llandudno. In 2002 he replaced Rod Richards as Assembly Member for the North Wales Electoral Region. He stepped down at the 2003 Assembly election. At Westminster, David has held a seat on the Welsh Affairs Select Committee and was co-chairman of the Associate Parliamentary Sustainable Resource Group. He was appointed Shadow Minister for Wales in November 2006. A keen supporter of Liverpool Football Club, his other interests include cars and travel. He is also an Honorary Life Fellow of Cancer Research UK. David is married with two sons and lives in Rhos on Sea